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The New Breed Of Steroids Essay

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Dear Grandfather,
I would be happy to explain and to help you understand the news article that you have sent to me. I understand that news paper articles can have misleading headlines in order to interest the reader into reading that article. In this letter I will discuss; what is the definition of steroids and explain how they are used to enhance athletic performance, explain what scientists have actually found that has been misrepresented in the headline, and describe the current situation in which rogue chemists are creating designer drugs to escape detection by scientists developing new technologies to identify drug users. Lastly, I will give you my opinion as to what I think should be ...view middle of the document...

An athlete can benefit greatly from the use of this drug because it can cut the time of weight training down which can leave more time to practice getting better and improving skills, another benefit is that athletes like in baseball get more power from being bigger which in turn can increase the number of hits and homeruns that players have. It is important to note that steroids are an illegal substance and are banned by many sporting agencies around the world in order to have a fair competition.

        Along with all of the benefits of steroids there are also very dangerous consequences to using them. When talking about anabolic steroids scientists have found many side effects. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) the most serious side effects include high blood pressure and heart disease, liver damage and cancers, and stroke and blood clots. These are very serious side effects to using this drug which an athlete has to consider when taking steroids. Other side effects are acne, increased breast size in males, decrease in size of testes, impotence, and roid rage which is an emotional effect that steroids have on a user causing them to be very aggressive, violent, and paranoid. In the headline of the article is says that, major league baseball players regret steroid use because it turned them in to women. The media has misrepresented the fact that men who take steroids grow breasts; into men that have breasts are women. Clearly this is not the case that steroids turn men into women. The cause of the breasts and the decrease in testes size is that steroids disrupt the hormonal levels in the body. The formation of breasts is known as gynecomastia which is an irreversible side effect. The decrease in testicle size is known as testicular atrophy which is a reversible side effect if one stops using the drug. In the future major league baseball players will regret the use of steroids not because it turned them into women but from the other consequences associated with steroids.
Although scientists testing for the use of steroids in sports have made great strides they are also fighting a battle. The battle is between scientists, rogue scientists, and players. The leader in the fight against steroid use is the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA was formed in 1999 and is based in Montreal. According to Zorpette (2004) WADA disperses approximately 2.7 million a year to fund research at universities and other laboratories to develop and improve drug tests. A reason why new drug tests need to be developed constantly is because of rogue chemists who develop new drugs to pass on to the athletes that cannot be detected by current tests. These new steroids are known as designer steroids because they are new variations of the basic form that are not yet ready to be tested or cannot be tested due...

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